2004 Portland Timbers season

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Portland Timbers
2004 season
President United States Mark Schuster (to April 2)
United States Tom Lasley (interim; from April 2)
Head Coach England Bobby Howe
Stadium PGE Park
Portland, Oregon
A-League Conference: 1st
Overall: 1st (Commissioner's Cup)[A]
Playoffs: Western Conference semifinals
U.S. Open Cup Fourth round
Cascadia Cup 2nd
Top goalscorer League:
United States Alan Gordon (17 goals)

All:
Mexico Byron Alvarez (18 goals)
Highest home attendance League: 7,833
vs. MIL (Aug 29)
All: 10,622
vs. SJE (Jul 14)
Lowest home attendance 3,519
vs. CGY (May 13)
Average home league attendance League: 5,281
All: 5,589
Home colors
Away colors

The 2004 Portland Timbers season was the 4th season for the Portland Timbers—the 3rd incarnation of a club to bear the Timbers name—of the now-defuntct A-League, the second-tier league of the United States and Canada at the time.

Regular season[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Competitions[edit]

A-League[edit]

Western Conference standings[edit]

  Conference Semifinal round of playoffs

Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD
1 Portland Timbers 57 28 18 7 3 58 30 +28
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 47 28 14 9 5 38 29 +9
3 Minnesota Thunder 45 28 13 9 6 33 23 +10
4 Seattle Sounders 43 28 13 11 4 40 34 +6
5 Milwaukee Wave United 40 28 12 12 4 44 48 −4
6 Calgary Mustangs 18 28 4 18 6 30 51 −21
7 Edmonton F.C.[B] 18 28 4 18 6 19 56 −37

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
28 57 18 7 3 58 30  +28 9 4 1 32 14  +18 9 3 2 26 16  +10

Source: [1]
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Ground H H A A H A A H H H A A H H A A A H A A H A A H A H H H
Result W W W W W W L W L L W L L W L W W L W W W W T W T W T W

Source: [1]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

A-League Playoffs[edit]

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Final
                             
Montreal Impact 1 1 2  
Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 0 0  
  Montreal Impact 2 1 3  
  Syracuse Salty Dogs 0 1 1  
Syracuse Salty Dogs (aet) (p) 1 1 2 (5)
  Richmond Kickers 0 2 2 (4)  
    Montreal Impact  
  Seattle Sounders  
  Minnesota Thunder 0 0 0  
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 1 3  
  Vancouver Whitecaps 0 1 1
  Seattle Sounders 1 1 2  
Seattle Sounders (aet) 1 2 3
  Portland Timbers 2 0 2  

Western Conference semifinals[edit]

September 1, 2004 (2004-09-01)
19:00 (PDT)
Leg 1
Portland Timbers 2 – 1 Seattle Sounders
Alvarez Goal 52'
Gregor Goal 81' (pen.)
Report Goal 17' Levesque
Red card 79' Vélez
PGE Park
Attendance: 4,863
Referee: Nathan Lacy (USA)

September 1, 2004 (2004-09-01)
19:00 (PDT)
Leg 2
Seattle Sounders 2 – 0 (a.e.t.) Portland Timbers
Wélton Goal 5' Golden goal 100' Report
Qwest Field
Attendance: 3,490
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Cup bracket[edit]

  Third Round     Fourth Round     Quarterfinals
                           
      A-L Minnesota Thunder 1  
  A-L Minnesota Thunder (aet) 2     MLS Los Angeles Galaxy 0    
  PDL Boulder Rapids Reserve 1         A-L Minnesota Thunder 2 (4)
      MLS San Jose Earthquakes (aet) (p) 2 (5)
      A-L Portland Timbers 0    
  PSL Utah Blitzz 1     MLS San Jose Earthquakes 3  
  A-L Portland Timbers 2  

Third round[edit]

June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
18:30 (PDT)
Utah Blitzz (PSL) 1 – 2 Portland Timbers
Afash Goal 65' Report Goal 33' Alvarez
Goal 41' Bengard
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Referee: Craig Burns

Fourth round[edit]

July 14, 2004 (2004-07-14)
19:00 (PDT)
Portland Timbers 0 – 3 San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Wilkinson Red card 17' Report Goal 18' (pen.) Ekelund
Goal 55' Corrales
Goal 80' De Rosario
PGE Park
Attendance: 10,622
Referee: Richard Heron

Cascadia Cup[edit]

2004
Team Pts Pld W L D GF GA GD
Vancouver Whitecaps 13 8 4 3 1 7 6 +1
Portland Timbers 12 8 4 4 0 10 11 -1
Seattle Sounders 10 8 3 4 1 9 9 0

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach England Bobby Howe
Assistant Coach Republic of Ireland Jimmy Conway
Goalkeeper Coach United States Jim Brazeau
Athletic Trainer United States Tony Guyette
Strength and Conditioning Coach United States Carl Davison

Source: [2]

Management[edit]

Owner Portland Family Entertainment (to April 2)
Pacific Coast League (from April 2)
President United States Mark Schuster (to April 2)
United States Tom Lasley (interim; from April 2)
General Manager United States Jim Taylor
Ground (capacity and dimensions) PGE Park ( / )

Source: [2][3][4]

Staff recognition[edit]

A-League Coach of the Year[5]

Coach W L T League Playoffs
England Bobby Howe 18 7 3 1st Conference Semifinals

A-League Co-Executive of the Year[6]

Executive Avg. Att. Club honors
United States Jim Taylor 5,281 Commissioner's Cup[A]

Squad[edit]

Kits[edit]

Home
Away

Final roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Bayard Elfvin
2 United States MF Erik Cronkrite
4 United States DF David Henning
5 New Zealand DF Gavin Wilkinson
6 United States MF Memo Arzate
7 Mexico MF Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar
8 United States MF Alex Bengard
10 Syria FW Fadi Afash
11 United States MF Brian Winters
12 United States MF Andrew Gregor
13 El Salvador DF Edwin Miranda
14 United States MF Scott Benedetti
No. Position Player
15 Mexico FW Byron Alvarez
17 United States DF Scot Thompson (on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy)
20 United States MF Jake Sagare
21 United States FW Alan Gordon
22 United States FW Dan Antoniuk
23 United States DF Aaron Heinzen
24 United States DF Lee Morrison
30 United States GK Josh Saunders
31 United States DF Shawn Saunders
32 United States MF Garrett Marcum
United States MF Jarrod Weis

Player recognition[edit]

A-League Rookie of the Year[5]

Pos Player
FW United States Alan Gordon

A-League Goal Scoring Co-Champion[7]

Player GP G
United States Alan Gordon 27 17

A-League Assist Leader[7]

Player GP A
Mexico Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 26 10

A-League All-League First Team[8]

Pos Player GP
FW Mexico Byron Alvarez 25
FW United States Alan Gordon 27

A-League All-League Second Team[8]

Pos Player GP
MF Mexico Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 26

A-League Player of the Week[9]

Week Player Opponent(s)
6 United States Alan Gordon Vancouver Whitecaps
7 United States Alan Gordon Milwaukee Wave United
9 Mexico Byron Alvarez Edmonton Aviators, Vancouver Whitecaps
13 United States Alan Gordon Edmonton Aviators

A-League Team of the Week

Week Player Opponent(s) Ref
3 United States Alan Gordon Seattle Sounders [10]
New Zealand Gavin Wilkinson
5 United States Jake Sagare Calgary Mustangs, Seattle Sounders [11]
United States Josh Saunders
6 Mexico Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Vancouver Whitecaps [12]
United States Alan Gordon
7 United States Alan Gordon Milwaukee Wave United [13]
United States Aaron Heinzen
9 Mexico Byron Alvarez Edmonton Aviators, Vancouver Whitecaps [14]
13 United States Alan Gordon Edmonton Aviators [15]
14 Mexico Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders [16]
United States Lee Morrison
16 El Salvador Edwin Miranda Calgary Mustangs, Milwaukee Wave United [17]
17 Mexico Byron Alvarez Minnesota Thunder, Edmonton F.C., Calgary Mustangs [18]
United States Andrew Gregor
18 Mexico Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Calgary Mustangs, Minnesota Thunder [19]
19 United States Scott Benedetti Puerto Rico Islanders [20]
20 United States Scot Thompson Minnesota Thunder, Milwaukee Wave United [21]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

All players contracted to the club during the season included.[22][23][24]

No. Pos Nat Player Total A-League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Bayard Elfvin 4 0 3+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
2 MF United States Erik Cronkrite 3 0 0+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
4 DF United States David Henning 12 0 9+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
5 DF New Zealand Gavin Wilkinson 27 0 22+1 0 2+0 0 2+0 0
6 MF United States Memo Arzate 3 0 0+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
7 MF Mexico Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 30 5 24+2 5 2+0 0 2+0 0
8 MF United States Alex Bengard 26 6 23+1 5 0+0 0 2+0 1
(9) FW United States McKinley Tennyson (released) 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
10 FW Syria Fadi Afash 12 5 0+10 5 0+2 0 0+0 0
(10) MF United States Jarrod Weis (not assigned a kit number after Afash signing) 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
11 MF United States Brian Winters 26 0 20+2 0 2+0 0 2+0 0
12 MF United States Andrew Gregor 17 3 11+2 2 2+0 1 1+1 0
13 DF El Salvador Edwin Miranda 17 1 8+6 1 2+0 0 0+1 0
14 MF United States Scott Benedetti 22 1 16+5 1 0+0 0 1+0 0
15 FW Mexico Byron Alvarez 29 18 23+2 16 2+0 1 2+0 1
17 DF United States Scot Thompson 16 0 12+1 0 2+0 0 0+1 0
20 MF United States Jake Sagare 29 1 25+0 1 2+0 0 2+0 0
21 FW United States Alan Gordon 31 17 26+1 17 2+0 0 2+0 0
22 FW United States Dan Antoniuk 19 3 2+15 3 0+0 0 0+2 0
23 DF United States Aaron Heinzen 14 0 13+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
24 DF United States Lee Morrison 28 1 24+0 1 2+0 0 2+0 0
30 GK United States Josh Saunders 28 0 24+0 0 2+0 0 2+0 0
31 DF United States Shawn Saunders 14 0 12+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
32 MF United States Garrett Marcum 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Players with 1 goal or more included only.[22][23][24]

Rk. Nat. Position Player Total A-League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
1 Mexico FW Byron Alvarez 18 16 1 1
2 United States FW Alan Gordon 17 17 0 0
3 United States MF Alex Bengard 6 5 0 1
4 Syria FW Fadi Afash 5 5 0 0
Mexico MF Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 5 5 0 0
6 United States FW Dan Antoniuk 3 3 0 0
United States MF Andrew Gregor 3 2 1 0
8 United States MF Scott Benedetti 1 1 0 0
El Salvador DF Edwin Miranda 1 1 0 0
United States DF Lee Morrison 1 1 0 0
United States MF Jake Sagare 1 1 0 0
GOALS BY FORFEIT 1 1 0 0
TOTALS 62 58 2 2

Disciplinary record[edit]

Players with 1 card or more included only.[1][23][24]

No. Nat. Position Player Total A-League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
1 United States GK Bayard Elfvin 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
4 United States DF David Henning 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 New Zealand DF Gavin Wilkinson 7 2 7 1 0 0 0 1
7 Mexico MF Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
8 United States MF Alex Bengard 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
11 United States MF Brian Winters 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
12 United States MF Andrew Gregor 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
13 El Salvador DF Edwin Miranda 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
14 United States MF Scott Benedetti 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
15 Mexico FW Byron Alvarez 5 1 4 1 1 0 0 0
20 United States MF Jake Sagare 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
21 United States FW Alan Gordon 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
22 United States FW Dan Antoniuk 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 United States DF Aaron Heinzen 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
24 United States DF Lee Morrison 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0
31 United States DF Shawn Saunders 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 47 5 45 4 2 0 0 1

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

All goalkeepers included.[22][23][24]

No. Nat. Player Total A-League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
MIN GA GAA SV MIN GA GAA SV MIN GA GAA SV MIN GA GAA SV
1 United States Bayard Elfvin 320 3 0.84 16 320 3 0.84 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 United States Josh Saunders 2566 34 1.19 119 2196 27 1.11 104 190 3 1.42 7 180 4 2.00 8
TOTALS 2886 37 1.15 135 2516 30 1.07 120 190 3 1.42 7 180 4 2.00 8

Player movement[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
March 11, 2004 United States Josh Saunders GK United States San Jose Earthquakes Free [25]
March 31, 2004 United States Bayard Elfvin (R) GK United States Ashland Eagles Free [26]
April 8, 2004 United States Alex Bengard MF United States Seattle Sounders Free [27]
April 8, 2004 United States Alan Gordon (R) FW United States Oregon State Beavers A-League College Player Draft, 1st round [27]
April 12, 2004 United States Jake Sagare MF England Halifax Town Free [28]
April 30, 2004 United States Memo Arzate (R) MF United States UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Free [29]
April 30, 2004 United States David Henning DF United States Des Moines Menace Free [29]
April 30, 2004 United States Erik Cronkrite (R) MF United States Portland Pilots Free [29]
April 30, 2004 El Salvador Edwin Miranda (R) DF United States Cal State Northridge Matadors Free [29]
April 30, 2004 United States Shawn Saunders DF United States Orange County Blue Star Free [29]
May 2004 United States Jarrod Weis (R) MF United States Portland Pilots Free
May 2004 United States Garrett Marcum (R) MF United States Portland Pilots Free
June 10, 2004 United States Andrew Gregor MF Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Free [30]
July 27, 2004 Syria Fadi Afash FW United States Utah Blitzz Free [31]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
July 8, 2004 United States Scot Thompson DF United States Los Angeles Galaxy Season-long loan with option to recall; recalled by Los Angeles Galaxy for September 4 game vs. Columbus Crew; returned to Portland following the game [32][33]

Transfers out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
End of 2003 season Syria Fadi Afash FW N/A Contract expired and not re-signed
End of 2003 season United States Manuel Brasil MF N/A Contract expired and not re-signed
End of 2003 season United States Cole Burgman GK N/A Contract expired and not re-signed
End of 2003 season United States Jason Melendez MF N/A Contract expired and not re-signed
End of 2003 season United States Bryn Ritchie DF N/A Contract expired and not re-signed
End of 2003 season United States Jake Sagare MF N/A Contract expired and not re-signed
April 14, 2004 United States Adam Wilson MF Unattached Released [34]
April 14, 2004 United States Ryan Youngblood MF Unattached Released [34]
May 25, 2004 United States McKinley Tennyson FW Unattached Released [35]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
September 11, 2004 United States Alan Gordon FW United States Los Angeles Galaxy Season-long loan; sold to Los Angeles Galaxy on November 30 [36][37]

Unsigned draft picks[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Notes Ref
December 17, 2003 United States Leonard Griffin DF United States UCLA Bruins
United States Orange County Blue Star
A-League College Player Draft, 2nd round [38]

Notes[edit]

  • ^ a b The Commissioner's Cup was first created in 1991 to honor the American Professional Soccer League regular season champion and was awarded through the 1996 season. It was revived in 2005 to honor the USL First Division regular season champion and was awarded retroactively to the teams which had amassed the most points in previous A-League seasons from 1997 to 2004. The Commissioner's Cup is currently given to the USL Pro regular season champion.
  • ^ a b The United Soccer Leagues took over operations of the Edmonton Aviators following financial troubles by the ownership group and the team finished the season as Edmonton Football Club.

References[edit]

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